50 Cent, Ludacris, Ice Cube, and an Error in Diction

May 31, 2006

50 Cent, Ludacris, and Ice Cube have all expressed frustration with Oprah Winfrey for not featuring rap artists on her show. The latter said, "Maybe she's got a problem with hip-hop."

The second sentence contains an error in diction. Since three people are listed, "latter" should not be used. "Latter" refers to the second of two things or people. If there are more than two things or people in a series, use "last."

The sentence should read as follows:

50 Cent, Ludacris, and Ice Cube have all expressed frustration with Oprah Winfrey for not featuring rap artists on her show. The last said, "Maybe she's got a problem with hip-hop."

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